Homelessness

Homelessness is a real problem in communities across the Commonwealth — a problem that increasingly involves not only individuals but entire families. On any given day, 16,200 Pennsylvanians are known to be homeless. During one school year, school districts around the state provide services to approximately 13,000 homeless children.  

The issues of affordable housing and homelessness are intricately connected. While circumstantial factors vary, homelessness occurs when people or households are unable to acquire and/or maintain housing they can afford. The chief cause of homelessness in the United States is the scarcity of affordable homes. 

The Housing Alliance has also organized the Homeless Providers Network, a subcommittee of service providers and advocates to develop and focus more resources on the growing issue of homelessness.

News for Homelessness

Sister Mary Scullion using pope's visit to campaign for more help for the homeless

As Pope Francis' visit draws ever nearer, Sister Mary Scullion wants to make sure the whole city is ready for his arrival - including the homeless men and women who normally sleep on the Parkway.
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Big push underway to battle homelessness in McKean County

A McKean County nonprofit agency is looking to lend a big hand to homeless individuals and families and those on the brink of being without a home.
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Montour Homeless Residents Rise 38%

Homelessness is on the rise in rural areas. Montour County has seen a large increase in 2015.
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LTE: Expand Housing Fund's Reach

The Pennsylvania Housing Trust Fund needs to be expanded so that all counties in Pennsylvania can benefit.
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New Resource from NHC shows no safe dose of homelessness for children

"Compounding Stress" summarizes findings from data collected from more than 20,000 caregivers of low-income children with public or no health insurance.
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Chesco exceeds goal, housing 121 veterans in 100 days

Setting numerical goals has helped local officials measure progress and gain confidence they can reach the 2015 goal.
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